The Executive Director of Danquah Institute(DI), Dr Kingsley Nyarko has taken a swipe on former president John Dramani Mahama over his ‘Obinim Sticker’ comments made during the weekend.
While addressing members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West regional capital, Wa on Saturday, April 7 2018, Mr Mahama said the “super-incompetence” of president Nana Akufo-Addo needs an ‘Obinim sticker’ to make him perform.
“I have been watching social media lately, and there’s something that has come, and I think it cures everything. It’s the Obinim sticker, the President and his government need an Obinim sticker. If it really works, then I think they need the sticker,” he mockingly said.
The ‘Obinim sticker’ challenge has been trending on Ghana’s social media space due to its purported excessive powers that can turn almost impossible situations into possibilities. The Ghanaian preacher, Daniel Obinim is reported to have said the ‘Obinim Sticker’ when bought by his followers can heal them of many ailments and can bring them fortunes.
Hours after the comments from the former president, the DI in a statement said the conduct of Mr Mahama in recent times “doesn’t reflect a Statesman”.
Asking the handlers of the former president to step up their game in regulating his utterances, Dr Nyarko said ” Mr. Mahama you need to elevate the standard of politics in the country.”
Read the full statement below:
President Mahama Should Lift the Standard of Politics in the Country-DI Boss
I thought former President Mahama’s comment about President Akufo-Addo needing obinim’s sticker was a joke, until I heard him speak on tv3 awhile ago. In fact, that comment doesn’t reflect a Statesman and I think his handlers are doing him a great disservice. If he continues with comments like this, he will be exposing himself to public ridicule all the time.
What Prez Mahama is doing clearly shows a drowning and desperate man seeking straw to survive in order to be relevant and increase his chances of leading his party in the 2020 presidential contest.
But, Mr. Mahama you need to elevate the standard of politics in the country; you need to tell the citizenry, what you can do to improve the living standards of the people, and make their lives better should you get the unlikely opportunity you are seeking to lead the country instead of sounding condescending of the President and demeaning your image.
I think President Mahama should be the last person to describe anybody, let alone the high performing, competent, visionary, high flying and highly competent President Akufo-Addo as incompetent.
Mr. Mahama should tell us, apart from sinking the economy, performing poorly on all the macroeconomic indicators, making life for the citizenry unbearable, promoting unprecedented corruption in the country among others, what competent policy he rolled out to soothe our economic pains and challenges? Nothing! Yet, he speaks as if he did anything unique for the country. His handlers are making him look bad and behaving not like a Statesman!
God bless Ghana!!
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko
(Executive Director, Danquah Institute)